Smith Mountain Lake is one of the largest lakes in Virginia. The 20,600 acre impoundment of the Roanoke River is owned by American Electric Power Company and managed primarily for hydroelectric power generation.
Smith Mountain Lake is the larger and higher of a two-lake hydro-electric power generation project. Its sister impoundment, Leesville Lake, is located approximately 17 miles downstream. Normally, water flows from Smith Mountain lake through generators to Leesville Lake. During periods of low electrical demand, water from Leesville Lake is pumped back to Smith Mountain Lake.
Smith Mountain Lake is one of the top locations in Virginia for water-based recreation. Popular activities on the lake include fishing, powerboating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and other water sports.
Smith Mountain Lake Fish Species
Smith Mountain Lake fish species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, sunfish, striped bass, musky, white perch, yellow perch, channel catfish, blue catfish, and white catfish. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries maintains a fish stocking program on the lake.